Creative Families Award

The Creative Families Award is an exciting framework and set of resources, that draw on new academic research developed in partnership with Dr Abigail Hackett, for offering and celebrating meaningful and engaging arts and cultural experiences for very young children (1-4 years) and their grown-ups in museum spaces.

The Creative Families Award has been developed to have close links with Arts Award, providing the perfect precursor to Arts Award Discover. 

What Is The Creative Families Award?

The Creative Families Award is a framework for museums to deliver activities aimed at engaging children under the age of 5 in arts & culture.

It consists of a facilitator’s guide with instructions and advice to deliver the award and a logbook which children complete with their parent, guardian or carer. Completing the logbook provides a structured approach to exploring, evaluating and celebrating the process of doing art that young people undertake.

What Are The Benefits For Museums?

  • Reach an audience that is not currently engaged with your organisation
  • Learn how to deliver activities with a more flexible and child centred approach
  • Develop an effective method for engaging with very young children and their families
  • Build long term links between your organisation, local communities and early years education settings
  • Interpret and use your collections in a new way

What Are The Benefits For Children?

  • Take part in a fun, stimulating and creative experience
  • Develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Build a sense of aesthetics
  • Start a lifelong love for arts, culture and heritage


The resources available to support Creative Families Award include: 

Log books are priced at £4.99 for one, £250 for 50 and £450 for 150. The cost includes ongoing support to deliver the award.

If you would like to order some logbooks, please complete the order form below.




Praise for Creative Families Award

“It was a great opportunity to see the museum as a space for art. We typically focus on local history, so thinking more about the art in our collection was refreshing.” 

North Lincolnshire Museum Service 

 “We particularly enjoyed the focus on open-ended making activities and have built this type of activity into our new session plans.” 

North Lincolnshire Museum Service 

“Highlights have been bringing in a non-user family and seeing them engage with the collection through the award, and engaging with non-arts collections, through a creative response.” 

East Riding Museum Service 

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